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U.S. to punish Russia with sanctions over Skripals' poisoning

The U.S. has stated it would introduce new sanctions against Russia in August after it concluded that Russia had used an illegal nerve agent against a former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

Orange level warning in Latvia because of intense heat

Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre has declared a level orange warning due to air temperature in the country reaching +33° C on Thursday, 9 August.

Inflation in Latvia reached 2.6% in July

Compared to July 2017, the average level of consumer price rose by 2.6 % in July 2018. Prices of goods grew by 2.4 % and prices of services by 3.2 %.

Romania seeks to shoot thousands of wild boars to tackle African swine fever

To fight Romania's outbreak of African swine fever among pigs, the country's government has suggested shoot thousands of wild boars more than it is already allowed.

Latvian government to pull young parents back to labour market

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reached an agreement with Welfare Minister Janis Reirs in the formation of a work group that would search for a solution to provide employment to young parents without them losing 70% of state benefits during parental leave.

August 8 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

CEC to request information about Tatyana Zhdanok from security services

Latvia’s Central Election Commission has decided to ask security services to provide information regarding Saeima deputy candidate Tatyana Zhdanok from Latvian Russians Union.

USA may co-finance Latvia’s purchase of Black Hawk helicopters

Latvia’s planned purchase of a Black Hawk helicopters for the needs of its army may be co-financed from US support programmes, Defence Ministry says.

Estonian Reform Party wants to lower alcohol excise tax

With Estonian political parties positioning themselves for the parliamentary election of March 2019, the opposition Reform Party has decided to focus on changing the current government's tax policy.

40% of residents in Latvia have experienced work-related health problems

Nearly 40% of Latvia’s residents have experienced work-related health problems. 31% have experienced physical health problems, and 7% said they have experienced a «burnout» syndrome, according to results of the latest Mana Aptieka & Apotheka Health Index.

NATO fighter accidentally releases missile over Estonia

In the Estonian airspace, a NATO Spanish fighter jet has accidentally released a live-fire missile while over Tartu County. The weapon has a built-in self-destruction system, but it is unknown if it has exploded.

Sixteen parties and party union candidate lists to participate in 13th Saeima elections

Submission period for candidate lists for 13th Saeima elections has officially concluded in Latvia. Latvia’s Centrist Party and Par Alternatīvu were the last parties to have submitted their candidate lists.

Belarus detains independent online media journalists

In Belarus, three media workers from independent news outlets have been arrested as part of a criminal case over alleged breaking into the computer systems of state-run news agency BelTA and stealing its data, the authorities stated.

African swine fever recorded in a small backyard enclosure in Saldus

African swine fever infection has been found in two dead domestic pigs in a small backyard enclosure in Druva village in Saldus. Epidemiological investigation has commenced, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere.

Cigarettes contraband levels in Latvia remain the highest among EU member states

Latvia remains the unfortunate leader among EU member states in terms of cigarette contraband – 21.1% of the total amount, according to data from a survey performed by KPMG last year.

In quake-hit Indonesia, thousands in need of humanitarian aid

In Lombok island, Indonesia, the number of the victims of the disastrous earthquake of the past weekend, exceeded a hundred with more bodies found under the rubble of buildings.

Latvia’s fire fighters finally put out turf and forest fire in Valdgale

Considering that the active phase of battling the massive fire that has devastated Valdgale these past couple of weeks, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service has thereby concluded its work at the site.

Minister refuses to meet with Vairāk saules restaurant owners; representatives dissatisfied

Latvian Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis believes he has no right to become involved in State Police’s handled criminal case launched against Vairāk saules restaurant network. Because of that, he has decided to not meet with owners of the network and representatives of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss this matter.

August 7 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Ten-year-old buried alive in sand cliff landslide in Liepaja

A ten year old boy was buried alive in a landslide of a sand cliff along the sea coast in Liepaja last week. «There were many people there when it happened. All of them immediately ran to dig the boy out when it happened. Unfortunately, they did not make it in time to save him,» BNN was told by Latvian State Police representative Signe Šteinberga.

Latvian government to allocate additional EUR 1.4 million for teachers’ wages

Latvia’s government has approved Education and Science Ministry’s prepared decision draft on provision of additional funding to municipalities to pay higher wages to general education teachers from 1 September to 31 December. More than EUR 1.4 million will be allocated and divided among 88 municipalities, as reported by the ministry’s representatives.

Volume of Latvian securities bought in July – EUR 1.958 million

As part of European Central Bank’s realized Public Sector Purchase Programme, Latvia’s securities worth EUR 1.958 billion were bought up at the end of July 2018, according to information published by ECB.

National Alliance picks perspective candidates – Melbārde, Dzintars and Šnore in the lead

Latvia’s National Alliance political party has submitted its list of candidates for the upcoming 13th Saeima elections. The leading candidates picked for Riga is Culture Minister Dace Melbārde. In Vidzeme the party intends to put Saeima deputy Raivis Dzintars as its headliner, according to information submitted to Central Election Commission.

Long queues to Saaremaa ferries for holiday-makers to picturesque island

With Saaremaa, the scenic Estonian island, being popular among holliday-makers on summer weekends, the line of cars for the ferry connecting Saaremaa to the Estonian mainland through Muhu island was last weekend close to a kilometre long making people wait for up to three hours.

PHOTO: Arcade Fire «burned brightly» in Riga

On Monday, 6 August, World famous Canadian Arcade Fire indie rock band, which has many fans in Latvia, performed at Mežaparks Green Theatre.

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